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by Gary Brand - written July 20, 2004,
published in the August 2004 edition of Echo* newspaper
The birth chart of John Kerry (December 11, 1943 at 8:03 AM MWT in Denver, CO) is based upon the time of birth obtained directly from Kerry in 1996 by Karen Thorne, Kerry's sister-in-law by his first marriage (source: AstroDatabank at
ho is John Kerry?  This seems to be a question on the minds of many of us since this little known Senator became the Democratic presidential frontrunner.  His birth chart reveals that, with Sun on the Ascendant (rising), that what you see is what you get.  In other words, he wears no mask and doesn’t put on a different "face" when in public, in contrast to his Republican opponent.  His Sun/Ascendant are in Sagittarius, significations of honesty, integrity and a forthright personality.  Usually, Sun in Sagittarius people are jovial and fun loving but Kerry was also born with Sun opposite Saturn and Moon besieged between the malefic planets Saturn and Mars.  This combination gives him a more serious and even depressive demeanor and I think it makes him look "stiff," somewhat rigid, and reserved, as if he is afraid of rejection or being shunned by others.  The Saturn/Moon/Mars conjunction gives his voice (Saturn rules his 3rd house) an angry edginess.  However, this does not mean that he is rigid in his politics, since half of the planets in his chart are in mutable or changeable signs, including the Sun and Moon.  The Sun/Moon opposition (he was born on a full Moon) gives him a dualistic, quixotic nature but without duplicity.  He is someone you have to get to know before you really appreciate who he is.

Even though I think he had a difficult childhood and adolescence (Saturn/Moon/Mars), he is naturally fortunate (lucky) with the Sun trine Jupiter in an applying, perfect, mutual reception (in one another’s signs and aspected).  He tends to be in the right place at the right time and opportunities often fall in his lap.  This reception, along with Jupiter sextile Saturn, are indicators of success.  Jupiter conjunct his 9th house, Sun trine Jupiter in reception, and Neptune on the Midheaven mean a strongly idealistic and principled nature.  He is a spiritual man but without pretense or self-righteousness, unlike his incumbent opponent.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the occupation of Iraq, our troops may not return home any sooner than they would under Bush.  Kerry has a weak warrior signature, since his Mars is in Gemini, where it obtains no essential dignity, it is retrograde, and is conjunct Uranus.  This means that, though he is rebellious, he often won’t take a stand on principle if it means opposing those in positions of power whose approval he wants.  For example, he was opposed to the Vietnam War but fought in it.  More recently, he voted in favor of attacking Iraq and for the $87 billion to finance the war.  He also has four planets straddling the Descendant so he is easily swayed by those in authority (Saturn), by appeals to his feelings (Moon), and by the actions of or pressures from (Mars) others.  He can be swayed, maneuvered or influenced.  He is particularly influenced by his wife, represented by his Moon conjunct Saturn in the 7th house and by Venus in Scorpio (in its detriment in Scorpio).  His wife is a significant power behind the scenes.

Now, for the question on everyone’s mind.  Will he be elected president?  The answer is yes, because transiting Jupiter and Venus, the two planets that promise winning and good outcomes, on election day are conjunct his Midheaven in his 10th house (career and ascendancy to power).  The solar eclipse this October is also in Kerry’s 10th house (assumption of power and authority).  On election day 2000, Jupiter squared Bush’s Mars, ruler of his 10th house and Venus was in his 5th house of good fortune.  Because Bush had these two favorable transits, he was eventually appointed to the presidency by the Supreme Court.  On election day 2004, Bush has no such help from either Jupiter or Venus.  Additionally, Bush will be in the midst of his second Saturn return, which often features an identity crisis (like losing the election) and it is a time of stress when deep-seated insecurities surface.  At its worst, this can mean "getting even" with his enemies, which would accumulate even more negative karma.  The solar eclipse in October is conjunct Bush’s Jupiter, which will bring a tendency for him to be his own worst enemy, to be overly optimistic, and to blame his failures on others.  Kerry, in contrast, has no challenging Saturn influences in his chart at that time.  The only troublesome influence in Kerry’s chart this year is transiting Pluto conjunct his Sun, opposite his Moon and Saturn but this could mean that the transformation he is undergoing is likely to include election as president.

I preferred Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, or Al Sharpton over John Kerry but there is absolutely no doubt that he is exponentially better for this country and for humankind than the current resident of the White House.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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